Village History

Norwood Green, an attractive Pennine Village of some two hundred and fifty houses has much to offer the visitor.


The well kept village greens and gardens are really beautiful and inspiring with masses of daffodils, other bulbs and blossom, followed by rhododendrons, then a wealth of colour in summer, and the autumn tints are truly spectacular.
Rookes Hall, a fine old mansion, is situated near the Whitehall Road leading from Halifax to Leeds by the A58 or M62. It is noted as being the residence of Henry de Rookes in 1272. As you explore further into Village Street “The Old White Beare Inn” is a quaint old building. The name “White Beare” is derived from a ship which formed one of the English fleet to fight against the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Inn was built in 1646 and retains much of the original character. Food is available all day it is a popular venue for many visitors.

A little further along is the newly furbished Village Hall, used by community groups and available for hire. Walk to the top of the Village, and you will find the Jubilee Clock Tower, a well known land mark. It was built in 1897 by the family of Mrs Ephraim Ellis, widow, in memory of her father. Just behind the clock tower you will find a green with seats to tempt you to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area. From here you can appreciate the panoramic scenery of the surrounding countryside, you can see the walkers on the Calderdale Way which passes through the village, or you can walk through the surrounding woods. Billy Wood or Judy Wood, many walkers and picnickers visit the woodlands in both summer and winter.

Mrs Barbara Beddoe


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